LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (Oct. 17, 2018) – Since its beginning, the Methodist Church has spoken out against gambling.
As the social principles of the United Methodist Church states, “Gambling is a menace to society, deadly to the best interests of moral, social, economic, and spiritual life, destructive of good government and good stewardship. As an act of faith and concern, Christians should abstain from gambling and should strive to minister to those victimized by the practice…” (¶ 163, The Book of Discipline 2016).
Gambling depends on undermining hope and replacing it with a belief in luck as the pathway to success and happiness. Bishop Gary Mueller, along with The Board of Church and Society of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, stands against Issue 4.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 1 Timothy 6:10, NRSV
Amy White Ezell